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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Operation Souza

This Wednesday we’re having a special joint meeting of oPASS and MagicPASS featuring Microsoft GM Mark Souza. For the past couple months we’ve referred to it internally as “Operation Souza” as we discussed how to best support his visit and do the most for our local SQL community. We contacted… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2014

Notes From the October 9, 2014 Space Coast SQL Meeting

  • Not a bad drive over from Orlando. Only a little traffic, about 80 minutes.
  • I was early enough to have time to review my presentation and then work on the final marketing notes for SQLSaturday Orlando (good to have a few tasks queued when time appears)
  • I stopped at Starbucks…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 49 (Plan Notes)


After finishing up six months of managing the marketing for SQLSaturday Orlando I’ve been going back through all my blog posts to outline stuff we (or any other event) can use next year. It’s not a complete project plan, but I hope it gives you some ideas and a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2014

Learning About Journalism

One of my current projects is PASSWatch. Right now it’s mostly aggregation which I think has value, but I hope to do more over time including news and maybe opinions. I get by on writing (and hope to get better at it), but I don’t know much about journalism.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 October 2014

Notes on SQLSaturday Admin Tools


One of the items I’ve had on my todo list for a while is to write up notes on the state of the admin tools for SQLSaturday as they pertain to marketing. For those who haven’t managed an event, SQLSaturday is really three different sites; the public facing one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 October 2014

Thoughts on the Student to IT Pro Seminar

Miscellaneous notes as I think on this.

I’ve been reading through feedback from the students. Reading the raw feedback is interesting and informative. I’ll try to recap some of the things I’ve seen so far:

  • Some found it to be interesting and helpful to understand the career journey (in this…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 October 2014

Let’s Create More After Hours Events at the Summit

We’ve got a good handful of events listed for After Hours so far, but couldn’t we have more? A couple thousand attend, a few hundred will be at these events, so there are plenty more opportunities. There’s nothing wrong with exploring Seattle, dinner with new friends, or whatever else, but… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Fixing SCOM After a Hardware Upgrade

Quick note in case I need again some day. The team recently moved all the user databases for a monitoring instance to new hardware and it basically went well. Immediately afterward there were a number of error messages in the log about a missing user defined error message. Minus 5… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Monday Night Networking Dinner at PASS Summit 2014

For the fifth year Steve Jones and I are organizing the Monday Night Networking Dinner at the PASS Summit. It will be from 6-9 pm on Monday evening. I’m waiting on the “final” confirmation of the location but expect it be within walking distance of the Convention Center. It’s a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Renewed as MVP for 2015

Took a break to check email and saw the confirmation that I was renewed for another year. Pleasant news for a Wednesday morning. Strange to realize this is my 7th time, where did the time go? I’ve certainly changed a lot in those years!

For those who aren’t MVP’s and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 October 2014

PASS Voting Extended Until October 14th

The Board of Directors has extended voting in the current election through October 14th. Read the post from President Thomas Larock about why and what you have to do to be eligible. Then head to Election HQ to review the candidates, ask questions, and read posts and endorsements from other… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Speaking at Space Coast SQL Users Group on October 10th, 2014

I’ll be driving to Viera for the monthly Space Coast SQL Users Group meeting next week. Topic still to be decided, probably Learning Plans and something SQL, look for details on the web site today or tomorrow at

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Notes On SQLSaturday Orlando #318

Notes from a speaker/volunteer perspective:

  • It was a lot of fun to talk to the students at our Student to IT Pro Seminar. Interesting to hear their questions, easy to forget what it’s like to be a true beginner. 70 people in the seminar. Win!
  • I had about 20 in…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Notes On Our First Student to IT Pro Seminar

This past week we did our first try at the Student to IT Pro Seminar, run concurrently with SQLSaturday Orlando. You can read why we did it at Some notes on the experience:

  • We registered 85, had about 70 attend
  • Mostly students, but we had a few from…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 September 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 48

This past Saturday we held our eight annual SQLSaturday. I’ll write some notes about the event and post today or tomorrow. The final registration count after marking 20-30 people as cancelled (things got hectic, was hard to track) was 640 (vs 344 last year) and our best effort on attendance… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 September 2014

Four Big Things PASS Could Do Next Year

Here’s my wish list:

  • Fix the membership problem. One voter, one vote. That’s what we want. The current hack of requiring an updated profile is just that, a hack. Fixing this, making sure that elections are solid and that members have one permanent PASS identity leads to all kinds of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 September 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 47


  • We sent out a final you haven’t paid for lunch reminder on Wed, asked for a reply if they were planning to bring their own. 20 or so are, so far. We don’t mind that they do of course, but it’s really valuable information because it’s another block of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 September 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 46

Registration count after some cancellations now at 577, way above my goal of 500. We’ve decided not to spend on LinkedIn this week, our numbers are good and we’re not thinking it would drive a lot. Tough call. I’d like to find out, but agree it’s money we can spend… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 September 2014

Why I’m Only Casting One Vote This Year in the PASS Election

First, a reminder/disclaimer that I am serving on the PASS NomCom this year. The four candidates in the election are all qualified, I have no debate with that. I’ve waited until the slate was posted to make any public comment about the election. None of my comments here are based… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 September 2014

Launching PASSWatch

I’ve wanted to do this for a while, decided to make the time commitment and see what happens. See the first post about it at

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 September 2014

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